Business Studies

Business is a major part of everyone’s’ life and anybody who has a good understanding of how businesses work is at an immediate advantage in the future. Students will learn how to identify business opportunities, show enterprise and be able to put ideas into practice to ensure an effective business start-up whilst also understanding and appreciating the wider economic context.

They explore the challenges of growth to businesses and study real life examples and case studies to learn how daily decisions by a business affect the lives of its staff, customers and other stakeholders. Students will learn about marketing, meeting customer needs, the skills of effective financial management, the responsibilities of managing people in the workplace and business’s obligations in terms of ethics and the environment. They will further develop their analytical and comprehension skills as well as the ability to make decisions, recommendations and judgements. Business Studies prepares students to participate in an ever evolving workplace, be it working for a business or perhaps starting their own.

I think it’s important to remember all the things you have done and all you have achieved and to accept not everything goes your way all the time. A mistake is only a problem when it stops you in your tracks and prevents you from achieving what you want to do. Battle on, is my motto!"

Karren Brady

Key Stage 4

Currently we offer a GCSE in Business in Year 11 and Btec Technical Award in Enterprise in Year 10 & 11


What will I learn?
What will I do?
Year 10

Terms 1 & 2In this component, you will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the different types of enterprise and their ownership, looking at the characteristics of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs. You will understand the importance of having a clear focus on the customer and the importance of meeting their needs. You will explore why enterprises are successful. And how success can be monitored in an SME.
Using real businesses, you will
  • examine the characteristics of enterprises.
  • Explore how market research helps enterprises to meet customer needs and understand competitor behaviour.
  • Investigate the factors that contribute to the success of an enterprise.
Terms 3 & 4If you are going to succeed as an entrepreneur or as an innovator in business, you need to have great ideas and plan how you are going to put them into practice. Any enterprise needs to plan how it will succeed and pitch their ideas to an audience in order to secure funding. Students will individually select an idea for a micro-enterprise activity to plan and pitch. They will individually pitch their business plan for their idea to an audience and then use the feedback to review their plan and pitch.
You will have the opportunity to
  • Plan how to set up a chosen enterprise and how to fund it.
  • You will need to take responsibility for creating and then delivering a pitch for your developed idea to an audience using your knowledge of business, and demonstrating entrepreneurial characteristics, qualities and skills.
  • In the final part of the component you will use feedback to review your plan and pitch for the micro-enterprise activity
Year 11

Term 1 Students will explore the different promotional methods used by enterprises and the factors that influence how enterprises identify and target their market. Learners will explore financial documents and how to use them to monitor and improve the performance of an enterprise in order to make decisions and recommend strategies for success.
• Students will assess and analyse financial information in an enterprise context to monitor the performance of an enterprise and strategies to improve its performance.
• Students will investigate cash flow forecasts and statements, exploring the effects that positive and negative cash flow can have on an enterprise.
• Students will consider the different elements of the promotional mix in order to be able to identify target markets and put forward strategies that enterprises can use to increase their success in the future.
• Students will develop skills in analysing information and giving advice for a specific purpose

Term 2 & 3Students will consider a number of business ideas before developing a plan for a realistic micro-enterprise activity. Students will have the opportunity to plan how best to set up the chosen enterprise and how to fund it. Students will need to take responsibility for creating and then delivering a pitch for a developed idea to an audience using your knowledge of business, and demonstrating entrepreneurial characteristics, qualities and skills. In the final part of the component students will use feedback to review their plan
• Students will individually select an idea for a micro-enterprise activity to plan and pitch.
• Develop and create a Business plan for their chosen idea
• They will individually pitch their business plan for their idea to an audience
• Use the feedback to review their plan and pitch performance